It’s been in the works for a while, some thought it was never going to happen, but by the grace of the TV gods, Twin Peaks is returning to a television near you this year. As part of the annual winter press tour by the Television Critics Association, Showtime included Twin Peaks in their presentation, but if you think there was anything even resembling a spoiler in what they had to say, you clearly don’t know how TV works. Instead, we had to make due with nuggets, and the biggest nugget of all was an air date. Yes, Twin Peaks is coming back this year, and now we know exactly when.
Save the date: May 21. That’s a Sunday night. Showtime will be airing the two-hour premiere of Twin Peaks, and when that’s over, they’ll be releasing episodes 3 and 4 on its streaming site for exclusive viewing. There’s a total number of 18 episodes in the series, all of which are directed by series co-creator David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and his Twin Peaks collaborator Mark Frost. Any idea about plot? All Showtime head David Nevins would say (according to Deadline) is that this new Twin Peaks is “the pure heroin version of David Lynch” that will follow “Agent Dale Cooper’s odyssey to Twin Peaks.”
Kyle MacLachlan returns along with numerous other actors from the original series including Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn, and Sheryl Lee. Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Hugh Dillion, Robert Forster, Ernie Hudson, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Savage, and Amanda Seyfried are amongst the numerous new cast mates to come onboard for this continuation.
One more thing, Nevins says this is a “close-ended, one-time event.” But we’ll wait and see how big this “one-time event” is until we get a final answer on that.
Once again, Twin Peaks premieres on May 21 on Showtime.